NEW YORK — A former Dancing with the Stars contestant who won the biggest pay-per-view prize in the history of the TV show is suing the show’s producers and alleging the company used her image without her permission.
Elizabeth St. John-Lewis filed a lawsuit Monday in Manhattan federal court against the producers of the Dancing with The Stars and NBCUniversal.
The lawsuit says St. Lewis, who won $1,072,638, which included a $750,000 payout, was “victimized and defrauded” by the defendants.
St. Lewis claims that the producers used her picture and likeness without her consent, and that she was forced to use her personal cell phone and video camera to record the events, the lawsuit says.
She claims she received only a fraction of the money she earned from Dancing with … the show and that the company did not pay her for any work she did during the filming of the series, the suit says.
Stiles’ attorney, Mark O’Connell, said the suit does not address any legal issues that have arisen in the past.
He said his client is not seeking damages.
O’Connell said he would not comment on the lawsuit and said the legal action was not related to the Dancing With the Stars.
The producers have said they were unaware of the lawsuit, and the show said in a statement that they are “devastated by the allegations.”
In an email to The Associated Press, the producers said they are working to find a solution for Elizabeth Stiles.
“We have been in touch with the judge and our team, and are committed to providing all necessary assistance to the family and the Stiles family, and look forward to working with them in any way that we can,” the statement said.